DANVILLE — Expanding alternative programming for students, piloting a longer school day at one elementary school, increasing the number of minority teachers and developing an anti-bullying plan are just a few recommendations that students, staff and community members have for improving the Danville school district.
"I'm happy (Dan) Persa is playing. We want to win with him in the game. There's one word for this rivalry: 'intense.' We must be disciplined because Northwestern is smart and, if we make mistakes, they'll take advantage." — Illini senior Ian Thomas
In boys' soccer
Urbana 4, Centennial 0. Julian Threlkeld made 10 saves for the host Tigers in the Big 12 match. Urbana received a goal and an assist apiece from Miguel Fierro and Brian Lopez.
Central 4, Charleston 0. Eddie Lubaga scored twice for visiting Champaign Central, which also got a goal from Tim Ham in his first varsity match.
DECATUR -- About two years after he first called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, now appears to be gaining the support of his constituents.
CHAMPAIGN -- Residents of a south-central Champaign neighborhood pledged to speak out against a proposed cell tower at a public hearing next month after hearing from T-Mobile representatives on Wednesday night.
And now, the fun begins.
Everything to this point in high school football has been a prelude, though one that gives a pretty good indication of which area squads might participate in the postseason when the eight classes of playoffs begin the weekend of Oct. 29.
Is Illinois still in line for a BCS berth? Yes, according to News-Gazette college football writer Bob Asmussen, though he has changed Illinois' destination and opponent. Think Don Johnson and Don Shula. Every Thursday until the selections are made Dec. 4, he'll deliver his BCS pairings plus Illinois' destination. Once again, the BCS is a destination for the Illini.
Updated 6:40 p.m. Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN — A woman told police that a man tried to abduct her 11-year-old daughter on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of such attempts in Champaign to five in the past eight days.
URBANA — Armed robbery charges have been dismissed against two men after their alleged victim recanted his story.
Assistant Champaign County State's Attorney Adam Dill said the alleged victim swore in an affidavit that Eric D. Kirk Jr., 25, and Sherrick Cooper, 23, had not robbed him at gunpoint in the 1000 block of South Smith Road on July 27.